The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar
Incandescent, astonishing, emotionally-profound portrait of “contradictory multitudes” inside two women.
Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith
Gilds Britain’s Lilibet. Perhaps deservedly, but Diana gets royal thrashing.
This is Where I leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Humor and pathos, horny and pathetic. Bitter, sex-obsessed family dysfunction.
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Fantastically exciting, rip-roaring, suspenseful, tragic, victorious thriller about enduring loyalty.
Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund
Lavishly detailed inner life of naive, ill-equipped, tragically-slandered, self-indulgent queen.